By: Editorial Team
It is a small camera-equipped drone that can be worn as a wrist band that captures your activities on the fly
We all have moments we want to remember, chapter and may be even share them later Nixie takes the picture that you always wish to had but couldn’t because you didn’t want to stop the action it’s a new technology that provides a bit more creativity than your arm reach allows and can fly autonomously, but can also be piloted via a smartphone app.
Stanford Ph.D. and a Google program manager are close to finalizing a quadcopter that can be worn like a slap bracelet Called Nixie, this diminutive drone weighs less than a tenth of a pound, but can capture HD images and sync with a smartphone while its owner is busy scaling an Alp or biking through the Teutoburg forest.
- “Quadcopters“ give you a new perspective you can’t get anywhere else
- “Boomerang mode” allows Nixie to travel a fixed distance from its owner, take a photo, and then return.
- “Panorama mode” takes aerial photos in a 360° arc.
- “Follow me” mode makes Nixie trail its owner and would capture amateur athletes in a perspective typically.
A personal photographer:
Early cameras were bulky, expensive, and difficult to operate. The last hundred years have produced consistently smaller, cheaper, and easier-to-use cameras, but future developments are forking. Google Glass provides the ultimate in portability, but leaves wearers with a fixed perspective. Surveillance drones offer unique vantage points, but are difficult to operate. Nixie attempts to offer the best of both worlds.
Photography tipping point:
Nixie is an undeniably impressive concept, and while rough prototypes prove the principle, the question remains if its myriad design challenges can be solved without sacrificing the sleek look.
Despite a world-class technical pedigree, Nixie will require near perfect execution of control algorithms, usability affordances, and industrial design. Concept renderings show a gleaming white future for Nixie, but finding durable, lightweight, and flexible materials to make it a reality is no small task.
A Changing Perspective on Photography:
The project is part of Intel’s Make it Wearable contest, and uses an Edison chip to track you and avoid obstacles. For now, it’s just a delicate prototype that can fly off your wrist and not do much else. But it’s scored a $50,000 finalist prize from Intel, meaning our dream of having aerial footage of all our hum-drum activities could finally come true. Nixie is one of 10 projects in the running to win $500,000 in seed funding from Intel’s Make It Wearable competition. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on retail pricing or availability.